Newsletter of the North American Chinese Sociologists' Association

Summer 1996


Officers of NACSA

President: Dudley Poston

Past President: Elena Yu

Secretary-Treasurer: Alvin Y. So

Board of Directors:

Lucie Cheng

Deborah Davis

Chefu Lee

Nan Lin

William Liu

Yungmei Tsai


The Annual Meeting at ASA

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting of NACSA on August 17 (Saturday) at 8.30 p.m. at the ASA convention in New York. The meeting will be in Nassau A in the N.Y. Hilton Hotel.

Following the good old Chinese tradition, we will eat first before the Annual Meeting. Please join us at the hotel registration area of N.Y. Hilton at 5.30 p.m. Then Nan Lin will lend us his expertise on finding a good Chinese restaurant in downtown New York.



A new Institute of Sociology was set up in Academia Sinica, Taiwan


The Preparatory Office of the Institute of Sociology was set up on July 1, 1995. Hei-yuan Chiu was appointed the first director of the Office. Seventeen researchers transferred to this new institute from the Institute of Ethnology and the Institute for Social Science and Philosophy.

The Preparatory Office first established the Committee on Academic Development to deliberate on its overall plan in research, regulations and codes, and academic activities. Ying-hua Chang was appointed chairman of this committee, and the other members include Shu-ling Tsai, Mau-kuei Chang and Chih-ming Ka, and the director of the


Institute. The Preparatory Office will publish academic books and a new journal Taiwanese Sociological Review, edited by Ly-yun Chang.

The Institute also launched a series of Monday seminars, in which both its research members and outside scholars present their research. A lunchtime club is also held at least every other week. The club's current topic was "Sociology and I."

Many exciting projects were completed in the last two years. On ethnicity, there are studies on: Identity politics in Juancuen; "The History of Urban Aborigines"; Aboriginal welfare policy and interethnic relations in school; Normative conflicts in contemporary Taiwan. On medical sociology and demography, there are studies on: Hospital industry in Taiwan; Elderly living arrangements in Taipei; Adolescent's substance abuse; Birth sequence in Taiwan; Health status life tables in Taiwan. On survey methods, there are studies on: Social change survey; The relation between interviewer's characteristics and quality of data; The respondents' cognitive process of answering survey questions; Public opinion research methods; Non-response in sampling surveys; The recon-struction of questionnaire design. On comparative Asia, there are studies on: Middle classes in Southeast Asia; East Asian middle classes in comparative perspective; Identity issues and confidence gap in Taiwan and Hong Kong; Direct presidential election for the very first time. On urban sociology, there are studies on: Image of urban life; Women and work in small family business; Life quality of the urban residents in Shanghai and Xiamen; Social ties of concert audiences. On education, there are studies on: Comparative study in religious education; Civic and moral education of junior high school; Academic status of sociology in Taiwan; Schooling and first job.

Since April of 1996, the Institute has organized research groups to initiate innovative research projects and activities on four areas: The Formation and Transformation of Capitalism in Taiwan; Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Construction of Peoplehood; Family and Life History; and Organization and Social Network.

The Institute's research staff include: Research Fellow and Director: Hei-yuan Chiu. Research: Fellow: Kuan-jeng Chen, Hsin-huang Hsiao, Ly-yun Chang, Jia-you Sheu, Ying-hwa Chang, Shu-ling Tsai, Chao-nan Chen, Mau-kuei Chang, and Chih-ming Ka. Associate Research Fellow: Chyong-fang Ko, Yang-chih Fu, Yu-hsia Lu, Ruey-chyi Hwang, Chin-fen Chang, Gwo-shyong Shieh, and Nai-teh Wu. Assistant Research Fellow: Fu-chang Wang, Ruey-ling Tzeng, Chyi-in Wu, Li Chi, Flora F. Tien, and Lang-wen Huang.

Members of the Advisory Committee of the Institute (1996-1999) are: Nan Lin (Duke), A. Y.C.King (Chinese Univ. of HK), S.L. Wong (HKU), C.J. Yeh (National Taiwan Univ.), T.H. Wu (National Taiwan University), C.S. Kao (Tung-hai University), H.Y. Chiu, H.H. Hsiao, and K.J. Chen (Academia Sinica).

For further information with regard to the Institute of Sociology, please write to Hei-yuan Chiu, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. [02-789-9339.].





Xiangming Chen [Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607-7140. 312-996-5391.] has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. He recently published articles in Asian Survey, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Studies in Comparative International Development.


Furjen Denq [Dept. of Sociology, Sam Houston State Univ., Huntsville, Texas 77341. 409-294-1515.] has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Her recent publications include "Employee Attitude Toward Hiring Ex-Offenders" The Prison Journal (v.74, 1996), "Drug-Related Crime in Taiwan" Deviant Behavior (v.17, 1996), and a chapter on gender differences in Japanese prisons in Comparative Criminal Justice (Waveland, 1996).


Ping-Chun Hsiung [Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Toronto, Scarborough, ONT MIC 1P2. 416-287-7291.]

has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. She received two large grants to study Chinese Women. Recent publications include Living Rooms as Factories: Class, Gender, and the Satellite Factory System in Taiwan (Temple Univ. Press, 1996), a chapter on keen observer and vocal feminist in Feminist Dilemmas in Fieldwork (Westview, 1996), and a paper on Chinese women in Canadian Woman Studies (v.15, 1996).


Eddie C.Y. Kuo [School of Communication Studies, Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore. 65-799-1339.] holds a joint appointment as the [founding] Dean of School of Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University and the Director of Mass Communication Program at National University of Singapore. He formally resigned as Professor of Sociology at NUS one year ago.


Peter Ching-Yung Lee [Office of Faculty Affairs, San Jose State Univ., San Jose CA 95192. 408-924-2450.] has been appointed Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs at San Jose State Univ. He was the Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work for two years. He is also the Secretary-General of the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development.


Wen-Lang Li [10 Ching-Tao East Rd. Suite. 627, Taipei, Taiwan. 02-393--6224, ext. 627] was elected Legislator (Senator) in the Republic of China. He suspended his academic career to pursue political fulfillment, especially in welfare and development policy formulations in Taiwan.


Betty Lee Sung [165 Park Row Apt. 20F, New York, NY 10038. 212-267-5964] received a Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from State Univ. of New York on May 19, 1996. Before retirement, she had served as Professor and Chairperson of Department of Asian Studies at the City College of New York. Her well-known publications include Mountain of Gold, The Chinese in America, Survey of Chinese Manpower and Employment, Album of Chinese Americans, and Chinese American Intermarriage.


Feng Wang [Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. 808-956-8462.] has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the Univ. of Hawaii. He is the co-editor of China: The Many Facets of Demographic Change (Westview, 1996). He recently published papers on fertility control among the Qing nobility in Population Studies (1995) and the effect of gender on child survival in

China in Social Biology (1995). He will be joining the Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of California at Irvine in Fall, 1996.


Morrison Wong [Dept. of Sociology, Texas Christian Univ. Forth Worth TX 76129. 817-921-7472.] is Chair-Elect of the Asia/Asian American Section of the ASA. He is the Chair of Sociology Department at Texas Christian Univ. His recent papers include "The Chinese-American Family" in Ethnic Families in America, edited by Charles H. Mindel (1996).


Paul Wong [Dept. of Sociology, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA 99164. 509-335-2605.] has been appointed Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts. He is a Professor of Sociology and Comparative American Cultures. He received a four-year grant from Rockefeller Foundation ($250,000) for his program on comparative American cultures and race relations.


Yu Xie [Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 313-998-7141.], who received his Ph.D. in 1989, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and to Professor in 1996 at Michigan. His research projects include the recruitment of women scientists and the social mobility process of Asian Americans. His projects were funded by National Science Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation.


Xueguang Zhou [Dept. of Sociology

Duke University, Durham, NC 27708. 919-660-5614.] was promoted to Associate Professor at Duke. He works with Phyllis Moen and Nancy Tuma on a NSF-funded research project to study the historical evolution of stratification processes in urban China, 1949-1994. His recent publications include: "Stratification Dynamics under State Socialism," Social Forces (March, 1996); "Partial Reform and the Chinese bureaucracy in the Post-Mao Era," Comparative Political Studies (v.28, 1995); "The Finance Conceptual of Control," ASR (v.60, 1995).



Two Conferences on Property Rights and the Cultural Revolution held in Hong Kong


A conference on "Property Rights in Transitional Economies: Insights from Research on China" was held in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, June 13-15, 1996. The conference was organized by Jean Oi and Andrew Walder. The conference examined the property rights that are actually exercised in Chinese economic enterprises in different sectors and regions. Another conference on "The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-71: A Retrospective View" was also held in HKU of Science & Technology, July 4-6, 1996. The organizer was Andrew Walder. The conference brought together the small community of active Cultural Revolution researchers to reflect on reigning scholarly interpretations of the period. Both conferences were supported by a Luce Foundation Grant to Harvard University.


Ford Foundation's Sociology in China Program


The Ford Foundation began a program to support the development of sociology in China. The program currently has three parts: (1) a summer workshop to train Chinese sociologists on research methods, (2) a grants program to support research projects conducted by Chinese sociologists, and (3) a short workshop or seminar on selected topics. The first one-week workshop took place in Shanghai in May, 1996 (see below). The grants program supports six to nine small grants in the range of US$1,500 to US$3,500 each year. Two annual rounds have been awarded. A third round with one or more larger grants, in the amount about US$20,000 each, as well as the small grants is being initiated this fall. The grants program is administered by a committee of two Chinese sociologists (Wang Hangsheng of Peking University, and Su Guoxun of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) and two American sociologists (Deborah Davis of Yale University and Nan Lin of Duke University). For application information (only Chinese sociologists currently in China can apply), please contact Wang at the Department of Sociology, Peking University.



A Workshop on Survey Methods in Shanghai


A national workshop on "Sociological Research Design and Operations" was held in Shanghai, China, May 6-11, 1996. The one-week workshop, organized by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Chinese Sociological Association and supported by the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China (CSCC) and the Ford Foundation, drew 39 sociologists representing sociology programs and institutes from 24 cities and provinces throughout China. The workshop employed a mixture of lectures, group discussions and presentations, and project reports covering topics including topic selection, theory construction and hypothesis formulations, sampling, questionnaire design, data collection, research organization and management, research proposal and report designs. Presenters and moderators included Nan Lin, Duke University, Rong Ma, Peking University, Yinghwa Chang, Academia Sinica, and Yung-mei Tsai, Texas Tech University. Hanlong Lu, Director of the Institute of Sociology, and Tian Guopei, Deputy Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, were the local coordinators. Zhang Zhongli, the President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, presided over the opening ceremony. Evaluations of the participants showed that the workshop was a resounding success.



A Conference on Private Colleges in Taiwan


A conference on the institutional transformation of private colleges in Taiwan was organized by Chin-Chin Yi. This conference was sponsored by Yi's host institute -- the Institute of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Academia Sinica in mid May, 1996. Paper presented include: The characters of Taiwanese private universities; Organizational transformation of private universities and colleges in Taiwan: Results from faculty survey; and the internal operational analysis of Taiwanese universities: An example of family inheritance. This conference is a part of a larger research project entitled "The Institutional Transformation of Private Colleges: Comparison of Taiwan, Japan, and US," which was supported by a grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation from 1992 to 1995. Approximately 1,100 faculties from 11 private colleges answered the mailed questionnaires. 67 in-depth interviews including trustees, administrative personnel, and faculties were conducted in three private colleges.


Taiwanese Sociological Association


Taiwanese Sociological Association (TSA) consists of sociologists and scholars working in the areas of social work and social welfare. It has over 400 members. The current president is Hei-yuan Chiu. TSA has received two grants from the government to conduct research on the conditions of immigrant workers and on the localization of sociology courses at the college level.

This year the TSA co-sponsored a tea party to celebrate the moving of the Dept. of Sociology at National Taiwan Univ. back to the main campus. In addition, it published two issues of the Taiwanese Journal of Sociology (formerly Chinese Journal of Sociology), The Development and Exchange of Sociology in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China (edited by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Ying-hwa Chang), and a bi-monthly newsletters.

In the second half of 1996, TSA plans to hold three conferences. (1) The conference on "Master and Ph.D. Theses Presentation" is to be held in Taipei on July 27. This conference will provide an opportunity for Taiwanese young scholars to present their research in public. Sixteen theses, which covered the areas of sociology, social work, social welfare, and public health, will be presented. (2) The conference of "Contested Frontier: A Sociological Symposium" will be held in Taichung, November 9-10. The co-sponsor of this conference is the Dept. of Sociology at Tunghai Univ. Members of the Organizing Committee include: Rueyming Tsai, Yuan-Horng Chu, and Jinlin L. Hwang. Topics covered will include: theory and method, culture and identity, political economy, gender and sexuality. (3) The conference of "The Localization of the Research of Social Welfare and Social Work," to be held in Taipei in December. Scholars from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China will be invited to participate in this conference. The Organizing Committee of this conference is: Yen Feng at National Taiwan Univ., Yuwei Wan at National Yang-Ming Univ., and Chin-fen Chang at Academia Sinica.

The mailing address of TSA is: Chin-fen Chang, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.


Notes on Folks


One of the key functions of this newsletter is networking. Please share with us your latest professional activities regarding research and related projects; presentations and publications; grants, scholarships, and awards; community services; tenure/promotion, and relocation. Your contributions of items are vital in order to make this newsletter interesting. Please complete the attached form and return it to Alvin So.



Peter S.K. Chi [134 MVR Hall, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY 14853. 607-255-3045.] received a grant to study foreign investments in mainland China, 1993-1997. He is going to present a paper entitled "Duration Analysis of Performance of Foreign Enterprises in China" to the Academy of International Business at Alberta in Sept. His recent publications include "Family Structure and Fertility Behavior in Taiwan" Population Research and Policy Review (1996).


Deborah Davis [Dept. of Sociology, Yale University, New Haven CT 06520. 203-432-3327.] recently received two grants. An ACLS conference grant entitled "Urban Consumers and Consumer Culture in Contemporary China" for Jan. 1997, and a Henry Luce Foundation 3-year research grant (1997-1999) for a project entitled "Urban Consumers and Material Culture in four Metropolitan Regions of China."


Che-Fu Lee [Dept. of Sociology, The Catholic Univ. of America, Washington D.C. 20064. 202-319-5999] was a Visiting Professor at National Chongcheng University in Taiwan last Fall. He gave a lecture on sociological methodology at Beijing University and a speech on material and spiritual cultural construction at the Central Communist Party College. His recent publications include "The Leading Role of State-owned Enterprises in China's Socialist Reforms" International Sociology (v.59-60, 1995) and "Applying Cultural Sociology to China Studies" in Development and Exchange of Sociology in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China (Taipei, 1996).


Nan Lin's [Dept. of Sociology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706. 919-660-5753.] recent publications include: "Local Market Socialism" in Theory and Society (v.24, 1995); (with Gina Lai) "Urban Stress in China" in Social Science and Medicine (v.41, 1995); (with Chin-Chun Yi, Ying-Hwa Chang, Yung-Mei Tsai) "Family Enterprise of Private Colleges in Taiwan" in Asiatische Studien Etudes Asiatiques (v.49, 1995). There will be a special book panel at the ASA meeting to discuss Nan Lin's recent book The Struggle for Tiananmen: Anatomy of the 1989 Mass Movement (Prager, 1992) on August 18, Sunday, at 10.30 a.m. Don't miss it!


Sung-Ling Lin [7 Tunghai Road, Taichung Taiwan. 886-4-359-0121, ext. 2987] is Professor of Sociology at Tunghai University. He recently co-edited A Collection of Essays on Taiwan's Sociological Research: Retrospection and Prospect (1995, in Chinese).


Li-Chen Ma [Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, Lamar Univ. Beaumont, TX 77710. 409-880-8545] received the Lamar University Research Enhancement Grant ($5,000), 1995-96. He also presented a paper on "Rising Private Enterprise in China" to the Southwestern Social Science Association at Houston last March.



Raymond W. Pong [P.O. Box 1344, Postal Station B, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5K4. 705-675-1151.]

received four grants from Health Canada, Ontario Ministry of Health, Council of University

Programs in Nursing, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct researches on health services, nurse education, and development ethics. His recent publications include "Women's Health" In Changing Lives: Women and the Northern Ontario Experience (Dundurn Press, in press) and two chapters on physicians and family medicine graduates in Redressing the Imbalance: Health Human Resources in Rural and Northern Communities (Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 1995).


Dudley L. Poston, Jr. [Dept. of Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843. 409-845-4030.] is now starting his 5th and final year as Head of his department. By August of next year (1997), he will have served as department Head for 5 years at A&M and almost 3 years previously at Cornell. No one should be asked to be a department Head for more than 8 years. He continues his research on the overseas Chinese and on the demography of China.


Alvin Y. So's recent papers include: (with Michael Hsiao) the politics of Taiwan-Mainland Economic Nexus, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars (v.28, 1996); (with Reginald Kwok) Hong Kong's uncertain transition, The Hong Kong Reader (M.E.Sharpe, 1996); class Analysis and radical social theories, Research in Political Economy (v.15, 1996); (with Stephen Chiu) modern East Asia in world-systems analysis, Sociological Enquiry (v.66, 1996); (with K.C. Ho) borderland integration in Singapore and Hong Kong, Political Geography (v.15, 1996).


Alex Thio [Dept. of Sociology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. 614-592-6483.] has recently published Sociology, 4th edition (Harper Collins, 1996). This is a widely adopted textbook for the introductory sociology class. Please take a good look at this latest edition!


Bernard Wong's [Dept. of Anthropology, San Francisco State Univ., San Francisco CA 94132. 415-338-7518.] book entitled Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship: The New Chinese Immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area (Allyn & Bacon) is forthcoming in September, 1996.


Xinyi Xu [3172 S. Barrington Ave. E#, Los Angeles, CA 90066. 310-391-3480.] has recently published Social Control in China: A Study of Chinese Work Units (Greenwood, 1996). He also received a NIDA Director's award.


Philip Q. Yang [Dept. of Ethnic Studies, Calif. Polytechnic State Univ. San Luis Obispo, CA 93407. 805-756-1409.] received three grants from Cal Poly Univ. and the California State Faculty Support Grants Program to study issues related to Chinese and Asian immigrants. Recent publications include Post-1965 Immigration to the United States: Structural Determinants (Praeger, 1995), "Asians: The `Model Minority' Deconstructed" (with Lucie Cheng) in Ethnic Los Angeles (Sage, 1996). He also presented two papers to the 1995 ASA Meeting and the 1996 Association for Asian American Studies Meeting, both at Washington D.C.


Fenggang Yang [Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064. 202-319-5999. 54YANG@CUA.EDU] expects to complete his dissertation entitled Religious Conversion and Identity Construction: A Study of a Chinese Christian Church in the U.S in Fall, 1996. He received dissertation fellowships from Louisville Institute and the Lily Endowment and Pew Trustable Fund. He is going to present two papers to the ASA and the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meetings. He will be a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Houston from 1997 to 1998 to work on a project on new immigrant religions in the Houston area.


Jie Zhang [Dept of Sociology & Anthropology, Georgia Southern Univ. Statesboro, GA 30460. 912-681-5731] recently published "Suicide in Beijing drive, 1992-93" Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior (v.26, 1996) and "Determinants of Suicide Ideation: A Comparison of Chinese and American Students" Adolescence (v.31, 1996).



Li Zong [Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A5. 306-966-5652.] received a grant entitled "Racism Towards Recent Chinese Immigrants to Vancouver" from the Dept. of Canadian Heritage of the Federal Govt. of Canada. His recent publications include "Structural and Psychological Dimensions of Racism: Towards an Alternative Perspective" Canadian Ethnic Studies (v.26, 1994). He also presented a paper on aboriginal peoples of Canada to the Society for Socialist Studies last June.



Addresses/Phones Update


We are planning to compile a new NACSA directory and send it to the paid members in early 1997. Please provide us with your latest information regarding your affiliations, addresses, phones, FAX, and e-mail numbers. Please send your information to Alvin So.



New and Missing Members


If you know colleagues or graduate students interested in joining our organization, please forward a copy of this letter to them and ask them to complete the attached slip. We need your strong support in recruiting new members!

The following members must have moved. The newsletter that we sent to them was returned to us. If you know their new addresses, please let Alvin So know. John Chao, Luming Chen, Xiaogang Deng, Weiyan Farmer, Chung-Weun Hou, Fang-Mei Lin, Yia-ling Liu, Zhengfu Shi, Ling Wang, Wei Qiao Wu, Wen Xie, Wu Xu, Peter Yin, Yanju Yu.



Sincere Thanks


We want to express our gratitude to the following colleagues who helped us to distribute our first issue and this issue to our members in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan: Ma Rong [Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, Peking University], Stephen Chiu [The Chinese University of Hong Kong], Yiu-Chung Ko [The National University of Singapore], and Michael Mau-Kuei Chang [The Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan]. Their support greatly facilitated our effort to have a better communication network with our members!


Update for NACSA Directory


Please send your update to: Alvin Y. So, Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822; Phones: 808-956-7950 (voice mail), 808-956-3707 (FAX); e-mail:

Name: _______________ (last), ________________ (first and middle) ___________________ (in Chinese)


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Notes on Folks


Please send any recent information which may be of interest to fellow NACSA members to:

Alvin Y. So, Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822; Phones: 808-956-7950 (voice mail), 808-956-3707 (FAX); e-mail:

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